By Gene H. Miller, Minister|
Steer Creek Church of Christ
3466 Rosedale Road,
Stumptown WV 25267
Steer Creek Church of Christ
When Good Men Do Nothing #8
Our Problem. Since actions proceed from the heart (Proverbs 23:7; Matthew 15:19-20), as a nation, we have allowed certain attitudes to develop through the years that have created many of the problems we face today. We have a heart problem. We need “an attitude adjustment”. In addition to those who seem bent on obtaining Wealth without Work, Pleasure without Conscience, Knowledge without Character, Commerce without Morality, Science without Humanity, and Worship without Sacrifice, there are those who practice…
Politics Without Principle. Graft and corruption in politics is common in our day. It seems fewer and fewer politicians can serve honorably without getting caught up in some scandal. Many run for office, not to serve the people, but to feather their own nest. Many cater to special interest groups who helped get them elected, rather than the folks back home whom they pledged to serve. As in most fields, it takes only a few corrupt politicians to give all a bad name.
Our nation was founded by God-fearing, Bible-believing people. Our constitution is based on biblical truths and moral principles, but it seems our leaders today are continuing to move farther and farther from that biblical base. In the minds of many, it is more important to be “politically correct”, than “biblically correct”. Little wonder that our nation is plagued with so many moral issues. When men turn their backs on moral truth, tribulation and sorrow result.
An Attitude Adjustment. America needs an attitude adjustment. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord: and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” (Psalm 33:12). “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34). How can we expect God to bless America, when America has turned their back on Him? When Israel was living according to the law God had given them, they were a blessed nation indeed, but when they rejected God and went their own way, they ended up in slavery.
How should the Christian respond to a corrupt government? “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” (Romans 13:1). The following verses make it clear that the “higher powers”, in this context, are civil governments. We see also in this passage that there is a much higher power that has ordained these civil powers, and we have an obligation to Him also. “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.” (Matthew 22:21).
We are to honor civil governments (1 Peter 2:17), and live in subjection to their laws, so long as they don’t conflict with our worship and service to God. In the event of such conflict, we must recognize the much higher Power and obey His will. In the words of Peter and the apostles, “We ought to obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29).